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Le Jardinier et le Mort (Jean Cocteau)

The gardiner and Death The gardiner and Death
Robert McConeghy Robert McConeghy
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The Gardiner and Death A young Persian gardiner says to his prince : "I met Death this morning. The Gardiner and Death A young Persian gardiner says to his prince : "I met Death this morning.
He made me a threatening gesture. He made me a threatening gesture.
Save me ! Save me !
I would like to miraculously be in Ispahan this evening." I would like to miraculously be in Ispahan this evening."
The good prince lends his horses. The good prince lends his horses.
In the afternoon, the prince meets Death. In the afternoon, the prince meets Death.
"Why, he asks him, did you, this morning make a threatening gesture to my gardiner?" "Why, he asks him, did you, this morning make a threatening gesture to my gardiner?"
"I did not make a threatening gesture", he replies, "but a gesture of surprise. "I did not make a threatening gesture", he replies, "but a gesture of surprise.
Because I saw him far from Ispahan this morning and I must take him in Ispahan this evening." Because I saw him far from Ispahan this morning and I must take him in Ispahan this evening."


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